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Sewing the binding on the Mid Mod Shoofly Quilt

It’s been a fun and exciting week using Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics to make the Mid Mod Shoofly Quilt. Yesterday I showed you how I quilted it, and today, I’m trimming and adding binding! Follow along, we’re almost done!

 

Binding and backing selection from Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics

 

First, trim the quilt. Using a long ruler (6″ x 24″ if you have it) and rotary cutter, trim the edges. The quilt should measure approximately 48″ x 52″.

Second, prepare the binding. I chose a bright gold color from the Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics for my binding to keep the design simple. From your selected fabric cut 6 strips the width of fabric (or w.o.f.) at 2½” wide.

Sew the strips together at a 45° angle. Trim the excess fabric and press the seams.

Press the length of the binding in half and at one end make a 45° cut and press the edge over as shown in the photo below.

 

This is how your binding should look pinned to the quilt, this is the start point of your binding.

 

Pin the beginning edge of the binding to the quilt about 12″ away from a bottom corner. Using a walking or even feed foot if you have it, sew at a generous ¼” around the entire quilt and take your time!

At the corners, you’ll have to perform 45° mitered corner to allow for the edges to turn over nicely. The pictures below will outline these steps for you as they’re much easier to understand visually! Remember to pull your quilt top out from under the foot a few inches to perform the miter corner. Simply insert back under the needle for the next step, holding the threads out of the way. I end up tucking them inside binding when I finish it.

 

Step One: sew the binding onto the quilt top, stopping ¼” from the edge of the quilt.

 

 

Step Two: finger press a 45° fold in your binding with the raw edge of the binding and the raw edge of the quilt matching.

 

 

Step 3: fold the binding back on top of itself at a right angle, again matching raw edges of binding and quilt.

 

 

Begin sewing again at the edge of the quilt. You will be creating 4 mitered corners in total.

 

When the binding is attached, finish by machine or by hand, whichever you prefer. I use a machine finish binding as shown below. By stitching on the back side of the binding, your stitch line should nestle along the binding on the front of your project. This technique does require some practice but with time you’ll be surprised at how easy it can be.

Regardless of the finishing you choose, when the binding is finished, press on both sides of the quilt. And just like that you’re done!

 

When you sew the binding to finish from the back, the stitch line will lie alongside your binding.

 

 

The finished Mid Mod Shoofly Quilt! Add additional blocks and rows to size up.

 

It has been a lot of fun creating this quilt design for you with the brilliant Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics! I hope you enjoyed this week and I look forward to seeing what you create. Don’t forget to tag #QUILTsocial in your social media posts. Until next time my sewist friends, keep that creative groove going!

 

 

 

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: Super simple sophisticated straight line quilting

 

 

Tania has been a quilty creator for over 20 years. She loves to make quirky quilts ranging from a bowl of ramen to a Christmas turkey or a fruitcake. She has not yet found a subject that she wouldn't like to see rendered as a quilt. Her current focus is on food quilts and her work has been featured in magazines such as Cottage Life, Make Modern, Gastro Obscura and SBS (a food network in Australia). Her creative interests also include illustration, painting, and crocheting. There is nothing she likes better than to try something new. Tania believes curiosity in all things is key to a creative life.

3 Comments

  1. Becky

    I love that fabric and the quilt is so cute!

  2. Jessie McCloskey

    My binding could be better, this was very helpful!

  3. Pamela Reim

    I love this pattern!

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